Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thirteen nights until Halloween...

If you can not wait for the night of ghouls, haunts, and candy to come, here are thirteen not-so-scary Halloween movies you can enjoy!
1. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This is a Halloween classic! While the rest of the Peanuts gang get ready for a Halloween party, Lunus hangs out in a pumpkin field hoping to catch a glimpse of The Great Pumpkin. It is said The Great Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch and brings toys to all the good girls and boys, and something rises from the patch alright: Charlie Brown's beagle, Snoopy.
FUN FACT: After this special originally aired, children all over the country sent candy to Charlie Brown out of sympathy
2. Beetlejuice
3. The Addams Family
4. Hocus Pocus
Another Halloween classic. The Sanderson sisters aren't just strange, they're three witches resurrected from the dead and they're back for revenge. Their goal is to steal the life from children and become immortal. The only thing stopping them is three children named Max, Dani, and Allison and their cat guide, Binx.
FUN FACT: This movie was directed by Kenny Ortega, who also directed the High School Musical phenomenon.

5. Halloweentown
6. Scooby Doo
7. Casper
8. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
9. Ghostbusters
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The great thing about this movie is it can be watched during Halloween and Christmas. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, is tired of the same old routine. He stumbles upon Christmas Town and is taken by surprise. He becomes so fascinated with his discovery, he decides to take over Christmas that year with the help of the Halloween Town residents.
FUN FACT: An excerpt from the Batman theme can be heard when the search-lights are looking for Jack.
11. The Haunted Mansion
12. The Corpse Bride
13. Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One more sleep...

...until the release of Where the Wild Things Are! And the amazing fan art just keeps on coming. Anna the Red has created these mind-blowingly awesome bento boxes inspired by the beloved children's book! For those not familiar with bento, Anna explains:

"In Japan, a lots of moms wake up early to make bento for their kids and their husbands. And often, they make cute animals or characters from anime shows out of food, so that kids will enjoy eating healthy food. Those bento are called “Kyaraben” or “Charaben”. (character bento)"

Her blog is really worth a look, and contains plenty of step by step instructions on how she prepares these lunches for her lucky boyfriend!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wild Things!

There's been some truly amazing fan art in the lead up to the theatre release of Where The Wild Things Are, including this pumpkin which definitely puts my carving skills to shame! (via Cakehead Loves Evil)

The movie hits theatres on Friday - so you still have time to head on over to Junk Food and pick up a Wild Things Tee!

Men's Wild Things Crown TeeMen's Where the Wild Things Are TeeMen's Wild Thing T-shirtMen's Where the Wild Things Are Movie ShirtWomen's Wild Things TeeWomen's Where the Wild Things Are TeeWomen's Wild Things Shirt

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Junk Food in Japan!

Japanese gyaru (meaning "gal") fashion has exploded overseas in the past couple of years, with people looking to the hyper fashionable streets of Shibuya and Harajuku for inspiration. The Shibuya 109 building in Tokyo - with 10 floors of the wildest clothing and accessories imaginable - is the place to be, but there are also a huge number of magazines catering to the gyaru market that will help keep you on trend!
J-List and Amazon Japan offer subscriptions to many popular titles. Egg, Ranzuki, Poshh! and Koakuma Ageha showcase some of the most colourful and extravagant styles to come out of Tokyo.
Unfortunately, many of the brands pictured in these magazines are extremely difficult to find outside of Japan. So when I was flipping through a recent issue of Ageha, I was suprised to spot one of my favourite models Rin looking mega adorable in Junk Food's long sleeve thermal featuring Smurfette!
Team it with some bright leggings, or these Junk Food Strawberry shorts and some knee high tube socks for a cute look!
Oh, and don’t forget to keep your hair and makeup on point! The Cherrypop blog is regularly updated with scans from all the latest gyaru magazines and is a great place to get started.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NFL Week 4

Men all over America are jumping with joy because it's football season. Week four concluded last night as the Vikings gave the Packers a run for their money. For you trivia junkies, Brett Favre is the only player in history to defeat every single team in the NFL. Second piece of trivia…teams that start 4-0 have an 86% chance of making it to the playoffs. You’re 4-0 congrats to...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Are you mad as a hatter?

The new Alice in Wonderland movie doesn't come out until March 5th, but you can satisfy your craving for Alice right now with these new Junk Food tees:
- We're All Mad Here
- Cheshire Cat Smile
- Alice
- Drink Me

Or if you're looking for something else to satisfy your craving, here are a few adaptations of the Lewis Carroll classic you can check out:

For our gamers, there's American McGee's Alice, which brings a whole new meaning to "We're all mad here." Set after Through the Looking Glass, Alice loses her family to a fire caused by her pet cat. Due to the guilt she feels for being the lone survivor, she attemps suicide and is put into an asylum. It is there the White Rabbit calls for her to help out a darker Wonderland under the rule of the Queen of Hearts.

For a more light hearted story, there's the Adventures in Wonderland TV series. Long before Hannah Montana, Disney Channel ran this live action series featuring a girl named Alice who lived everyday like a normal child, but when she got home she could step inside her mirror and land in Wonderland where she hung out with its people tackling issues like racism.

Then there's always Disney's animated classic Alice in Wonderland. This version is what made blue the most popular dress color for Alice and blonde for her hair. It is probably the most recognized film adaptation of Carroll's tale. This movie also inspired the popular youtube video Alice by Pogo. The song uses sound samples from the movie to create an electronic and catchy tune.

Do you have a different Alice adaptation you enjoy? Post about it in the comments section. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's in a name?

It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re flipping back and forth between football games, suddenly you find yourself pondering about the origins of NFL team names.

Okay, maybe you’re actually paying attention to the game, but at some point you’ve probably asked yourself, “what were they thinking when they named that team?”

Often we don’t think about NFL team names because they’ve been around for so long, or they’re named after some type of ferocious animal. And sometimes the names are actually relevant to the geographic location of the team: Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, just to name a few.

And then there are some head scratchers: New York Giants, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans…who named these teams? Was New York once inhabited by very large beings? Do the people of Cleveland REALLY love the color brown? Does San Diego have an abundance of electricity?

Here are some favorites:

The least intimidating mammal: Miami Dolphins

The least creative name: Houston Texans

The sweetest name: New Orleans Saints

The least frightening bird: Arizona Cardinals

Are you curious about the history of NFL team names? Check out this site to learn more.